The partners of the Far Niente winery in Oakville, California, understood that they were running a business and needed to watch their bottom line, but they also knew that they wanted to do the right thing when it came to the environment. Through an impressive mixture of ingenuity and good business sense, the winery has been able to put together a one-of-a-kind, floating, solar array. They have 994 solar panels floating on 130 pontoons in their irrigation pond, and another 306 panels on the land, which supply more then 100% of their electrical needs. They have another entire on-land system at their sister winery, Nickel and Nickel.
The projects started 2.5 years ago, with a total cost of approximately $7 million between the two wineries, but the partners took advantage of every tax incentive, rebate and financing option available to make this work.
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